No, it’s not the World War II and yes, this incident reportedly occurred circa 2013.
Media in Ukraine are reporting claims by a 28-year-old Jewish man, Dmitry Flekman, who says two men who identified themselves as cops assaulted him in a police station in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on October 1 and tried to extort money from him.
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) reports that the businessman told the Ukrainian newspaper Segondiya that he was tortured in a particularly obscene way once the two learned he was Jewish.
“When he heard that he peed right at me, saying ‘Hitler did not like Jews, and neither do I,’” Flekman said.
Flekman alleges that the cops demanded $10,000 and the code to his credit card which they took from him, threatening they were planning to search his apartment and would find cocaine there.
According to his account, the beating required him to seek medical treatment at the hospital for a fractured tailbone.
JTA reports that he published a firsthand account of the experience on Monday on the Jewish Ukrainian website evreiskiy.kiev.ua. In the post, he showed a photo of the hospital release form and stated that he has no criminal record.
The head of the Lviv investigative unit Alexander Rudjak told the Ukrainian newspaper that he had appointed a team to investigate Flekman’s claims.
However, Lviv Police Chief Sergey Zyubanenko said that even though Flekman had been detained, he was not beaten.
“I doubt that he would be able to walk out of the station on his own if he were been beaten as he claims he had been,” Zyubanenko said.
Ukraine has a long history of anti-Semitism, and reports occasionally surface even today of Jews being targeted there for their religion.
In April, TheBlaze reported that at a rally in Cherkassy, ultra-nationalist activists wore T-shirts printed with the blatantly anti-Semitic slogan “Beat the Zhids” that could be translated as “Beat the Dirty Jew.” Zhid is a derogatory slur historically associated with bloody pogroms that targeted the Eastern European Jewish population.
Jews recently marked the anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre which occurred during September 29 and 30, 1941 where more than 33,000 Jews were shot in a ravine in Kiev which is today the capital of Ukraine. The atrocity was carried out by the Nazis and their Ukrainian collaborators.
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